Written by Abigail Wharne, Archivist
Friday, 12 February 2016

One of the joys of sorting through the archive at Brighton College has been discovering documents that haven’t been seen for years – sometimes, these can be ‘hiding’ in places one least expects.

Milliken’s Register, which was published in 1922, is a wonderful resource. In fact, I admit to using it on a daily basis. We have several copies and they are always close to hand. While recently looking through one of these registers, Rebecca Findlay, our Development and Alumni Relations Manager, noticed something had been slipped inside its back cover. She carefully opened the fold-out pocket to find a postcard, which read:

"Dear David,
I didn’t know what sort of card to send you so I’m sending you this photo of the chapel as it will be when enlarged. The profits of these cards go towards the war memorial. You’re two to-morrow aren’t you – many happy returns of the day. Give my love to mother and Daddy. The weather is lovely here.
Love and X’s

The text prompted me to find out more. On the inside cover of the book, the name L.A.K. Hall had been written. I searched for Hall in our admissions register, and found the following details:

NameDate of BirthBoardedGuardianFather’s OccupationDate of removal
Lionel Alfred Keith Hall 15 Dec 1907 Walpole Albert Herbert Hall, 10 Clapham Mansions, Nightingale Lane, SW4 Surveyor and Estate Agent Dec 1925

Alas, no obvious link to Kiki! But don’t fear, I will be visiting The Keep to see if I can find out more – as I catalogue records like this, I am hoping to add details about their provenance. Expect an update in the next couple of months.

It is little discoveries like this that make my job so wonderful. Every day, I am surprised by the rich nature of the College’s records and their potential for research. 

Abigail Wharne


Abigail joined the Development team in April 2015, having previously worked for the University of Sussex Special Collections, East Sussex Record Office and Towner Art Gallery. She regularly answers historical enquiries and catalogues archive material, so that it can be accessed by College staff and the public.

Abigail also manages the school’s heritage collections, including rare books and a wide range of artefacts. As a qualified teacher, she enjoys using archives to inspire and educate Brighton College pupils.

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